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Council of Europe Congress examines the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Finland

12 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe composed of rapporteurs Konstantinos Koukas (Greece, EPP/CCE) and Rachel Bailey (United Kingdom, ECR), will carry out a monitoring visit to Finland from 16 to 18 April 2024 to assess the application of the...

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 Armenia: Grants to local authorities for better intermunicipal co-operation and help with welcoming refugees

11 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

“What we cannot do alone, we can achieve together.” Local leaders and economic development officers from 42 Armenian local authorities expressed optimism about the potential for intermunicipal cooperation to help deliver better services to citizens, during a series of workshops organised by the...

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Strengthening a youth perspective within the Council of Europe: Congress Secretary General meets youth representatives

10 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

“Many young people are still not able to contribute meaningfully to political debates or can only do so under agendas that they have not shaped themselves”, stressed Congress Secretary General Mathieu Mori, praising in this regard the important work done by the Joint Council on Youth to overcome...

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Inter-municipal co-operation under martial law in Ukraine: taking stock of existing practices and ways forward

9 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

The Law on Inter-municipal Co-operation (IMC) was one of the first steps in Ukraine’s journey of decentralisation reform. After nearly 10 years of its implementation, the Centre of Expertise for Good Governance is revisiting this topic with its Ukrainian partners, based on a survey and analysis...

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Local authorities in Armenia recommend revisions to the Law on Local Duties and Fees

9 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

Local authorities in Armenia need adequate financial resources of their own, part of which should be derived from the collection of local duties and fees, in line with Article 9 of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. In preparation for a revision of the Law on Local Duties and Fees,...

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International Roma Day: Congress Rapporteur Calls for Support of Roma Rights

8 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

As the world marks International Roma Day on 8 April 2024, Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, R, SOC/G/PD), Standing Rapporteur on Human Rights for the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, reaffirms the Congress’ commitment to protecting the rights of Roma...

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Minister Behrens: Emergency services’ local roots make them more effective

46th session 5 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

Earthquakes, floods, fires and droughts: while natural disasters are becoming more frequent in Europe and worldwide, local and regional elected representatives highlight the crucial need to “move from crisis management to a real risk culture” embraced by all stakeholders. In a recommendation and...

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Local authorities and the environmental crisis

46th session 5 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

The thematic debate held at the Chamber of Local Authorities session on 27 March showed the need for better coordination between the different levels of governance and support for local elected representatives to respond more quickly and effectively to the triple environmental crisis of...

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Congress supports democratic forces and civil society of Belarus

46th session 4 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

The Congress has joined the initiative of the Council of Europe, which has already set up a contact group with the democratic forces and civil society of Belarus. As guest speaker at the plenary session on 27 March, Belarus democratic opposition representative Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called for...

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Exodus of services of general interest from peripheral and rural areas

46th session 4 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

Radim Srsen: “people should be encouraged to stay in rural areas or return to them” The problem is a familiar one: public services in peripheral and rural areas with declining populations deteriorate or disappear, prompting still more inhabitants to leave in turn. This vicious circle can only be...

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Congress’ 30th anniversary: Looking ahead

46th session 3 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

During its 46th session, on 27 March 2024, the Congress held a special ceremony to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Congress President Marc Cools and Deputy Prime Minister of Liechtenstein Sabine Monauni delivered opening speeches, while President of the European Committee of the Regions Vasco...

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Chamber of Regions debates the model of intercultural regions

46th session 3 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

On 27 March, the Congress’ Chamber of Regions held a round-table on “Intercultural regions: embracing diversity”, moderated by Congress Vice-President Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE). An anti-racial approach to integration, which underpins the model of intercultural regions, was presented...

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Council of Europe Congress: Local elections in Türkiye overall well organised and respecting the will of the voters

1 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

Despite certain deficiencies observed in the electoral campaign, local elections in Türkiye were overall well organised and respected the will of the people – these were the preliminary findings of the election observation mission of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional...

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Congress calls for a greater role for local and regional authorities at the United Nations

46th session 28 March 2024 Strasbourg, France

On the last day of its 46th Congress session on 28 March 2024, the Congress adopted a recommendation containing its contribution to the UN Summit of the Future. This summit will take place in New York on 22 and 23 September 2024 and will bring together Heads of State and Government from around...

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Deputy Prime Minister of Liechtenstein: Reykjavik Summit reaffirmed the important role of local and regional authorities

46th session 28 March 2024 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s 4th Summit in Reykjavik recognised a crucial role played by local and regional authorities in protecting human rights, stressed Deputy Prime Minister of Liechtenstein Sabine Monauni addressing the Congress session on 27 March 2024 on behalf of the Presidency of the...

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Mykola Lukashuk: “The destruction of the Kakhovka dam deprived all of southern Ukraine of water”

46th session 28 March 2024 Strasbourg, France

While water is the basis of all life, our societies are not always sufficiently aware of the urgent need to protect it or the consequences of its disappearance: although recognised by the UN as a fundamental human right, access to water is still all too often hindered or flouted, according to the...

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Croatia: Council of Europe Congress welcomes improvements in local and regional governance, though gaps remain

46th session 28 March 2024 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has adopted a set of recommendations to the Croatian government following its June 2023 monitoring of the country’s implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. The report, drawn up by Gobnait Ni Mhuimneacain...

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Council of Europe Congress: local elections in the Republic of Moldova well-administered but the electoral framework needs stability

46th session 28 March 2024 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe welcomed the well-administered local elections in the Republic of Moldova held on 5 November 2023, in a recommendation adopted on 27 March 2024 during the Congress session. The recommendation, based on a report by Vladimir...

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Natural disasters and climate hazards: Congress calls on local and regional authorities to be better prepared

46th session 28 March 2024 Strasbourg, France

Council of Europe member states are increasingly confronted with natural disasters and climate hazards, and local and regional authorities are in the first line to respond. To do this in the most effective, yet democratic manner, it will be crucial for local and regional authorities to develop a...

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